It's been an incredibly fast paced, action packed 2018 so far for the art market and Reem Gallery which has no signs of slowing down as we move into the Spring and Summer seasons...
We debuted on the art fair scene at the inaugural Surrey Contemporary Art Fair at Sandown Park in Esher this past February. The event was an absolutely fantastic experience and we were delighted to meet so many art enthusiasts and collectors, welcoming them to our gallery portfolio as well as entertaining existing clients over the weekend. Many artworks from prints to paintings and neons found lovely new homes and to those reading who have purchased - we hope you have many years of enjoyment from your new artworks and thank you!
Our next fair appearance is at the Reading Contemporary Art Fair from April 20th to 22nd. Further details can be found here.
March's Banksy Mania
March was all about the incredible auction results from New York to London that strengthened the Banksy market and urban art genre particularly. With an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000 the 'Smiling Copper' by Banksy sold for an incredible $187,500 at Sotheby's New York.
However, the best was yet to come as 'Bacchus at the Seaside' (est. £250,000 to £300,000) sold for a healthy £669,000 at Sotheby's London!
The Bansky print market also had many successes to take note of, with several prints selling well above their estimates.
Urban Art Fair: Paris
This April we popped over to Paris to check out the 3rd edition of the Urban Art Fair - the world's only street and urban art specific event which also debuted at New York in 2017. At the Thursday evening private view the fair was bursting at the seams with vibrant energy as a packed exhibition space embraced and absorbed the art on offer from a host of international galleries.
Artists on display included US graffiti legends RISK and SEEN as well as one of our all time personal favourite artists Shepard Fairey. Rare artworks from KAWS and Banksy got the pulses racing. French masters C215, Space Invader and the iconic Blek le Rat led the Parisian charge in showing the world the sheer strength in depth of the urban art movement alongside the new emerging generation including our very own Thirsty Bstrd and a wealth of many other incredible artists. The future is certainly full of promise and potential for this exciting style and method of art creation.
Studio Visit with Jisbar
At just 28 years of age, Jean-Baptiste aka Jisbar is fast becoming an artist to take note of. Since moving to Paris 8 years ago to pursue his passion of becoming a professional artist, he has since exhibited across the globe from Australia to USA, including the Museum of Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi and the Museum of Modern Art in Malmo.
One of his most recent projects involved collaborating with Napa Valley winery Depiction Wines, creating a large painting (115 cm x 300 cm) titled "Rhapsodie" that was then subsequently cut into bottle labels for their latest magnum vintage release. Later this April, Jisbar will fly out to San Francisco for a major solo exhibition that will display approximately 30 artworks.
Our passion for Jisbar's artwork started on one rainy evening in Venice during the Biennale '17 and it's safe to say we have been enthralled by the authentic, infectiously fun style and message he portrays in his artwork since then. We are proud to be Jisbar's sole UK representative and privileged to have placed his paintings in some astonishing private collections as well as introducing new art buyers and seasoned collectors to this unique artist. For those not yet aware of this rising star, now really is an exciting time to join this young creative's journey.
Paperboy's Boxpark Takeover
It's been a busy and productive 2018 for emerging British artist Preston Paperboy (Nathan Preston), with a move to a larger studio and launch of his luxury leather goods and fashion brand Paperbóy Worldwide. He has since had solo art exhibitions at Boxpark Croydon in March and Boxpark Shoreditch which runs throughout April.
You can read the full interview by Boxpark with Preston here. A selection of original paintings are available at Reem Gallery and online here.
With a new body of work in development by Preston and further projects on the horizon, we're all very excited to see what the rest of the year has in store.
Contact the gallery for further details on available artworks and commission requests.